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FGIA Updates Test Method for Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a test method evaluating the performance and durability of the integration of a fenestration product with a building envelope. AAMA 504-20, Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures, was originally created in 2005. This is its first update.“The robust integration of windows and doors with the building envelope in a wide variety of wall configurations and environmental exposures presents unique challenges to ensure acceptable performance,” said Jim Katsaros (Dupont Performance Building Solutions), Chair...

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FGIA Releases Updated Flashing Document

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing minimum performance requirements for self-adhering flashing surrounding common exterior fenestration products. AAMA 711-20, Specification for Self-Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products, was originally created in 2007. This is its second update, having last been updated in 2013.“Self-adhered flashing products are broadly used at the window-wall interface to provide a durable moisture seal and enhance the long-term performance of the installation,” said Jim Katsaros (DuPont Performance Building Solutions), Chair of...

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October 20 FGIA Webinar to Provide Introduction to Curtain Wall Manual

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will host a webinar entitled “An Introduction to the Curtain Wall Manual (AAMA CWM-19)” on Tuesday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Presented by Rich Rinka, FGIA Technical Manager, Fenestration Standards and U.S. Industry Affairs, this webinar is complimentary and open to the public. Additionally, for FenestrationMasters® certified professionals, this webinar qualifies for one industry engagement credit.“Curtain walls, based on skeleton frame construction and imaginative designs, provide large glazed areas that can dominate a façade,” said Rinka. “When...

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FGIA Updates Two Anchorage Technical Documents

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated two documents addressing fenestration anchorage. This is the first update to AAMA 2501-20, Voluntary Guide for Engineering Analysis of Anchorage Systems for Fenestration Products Included in NAFS, since it was originally written in 2006. Its companion document, AAMA TIR-A14-20, Fenestration Anchorage Guidelines, was created in 2010. This is its first update as well.“These documents are companions, and both provide guidance on what needs to be considered to determine appropriate anchorage of fenestration products,” said Sarah Erickson...

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FGIA Updates Fenestration Sealants Guide

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a technical document intended to aid in the selection, use and application of sealants commonly used in fenestration systems. AAMA 851, Fenestration Sealants Guide for Windows, Window Walls and Curtain Walls, an FGIA standard, is the first update to this document, originally published in 2009.“AAMA 851 is an excellent resource in helping identify areas of consideration when selecting sealant systems,” said Steve Altum (Dow Performance Silicones), Chair of the Fenestration Sealant Application Guide Task Group. “Choosing...

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Door and Window Market Magazine | AAMA Analysis Columns

To perform as intended, an installed window must be an effective amalgam of many components. Among the possible combinations, there’s a “sweet spot” in performance trade-offs at which you’ll find optimum energy efficiency, structural integrity and integration with building envelopes. In the process, there are many types of sealants that play a role—including expanding aerosol polyurethane foams, which can greatly enhance the installation quality of prime and replacement fenestration products by sealing the rough opening against air leakage. Applied in the gap between the rough opening and the window or door frame, foam expands to assume the shape of the gap and hardens to provide a highly effective air barrier. When foam sealant that is not formulated for door and window installation is used, though, the pressure exerted by the foam as it cures and expands can induce frame deflection and compromise proper operation of sashes.

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a greater area in the building envelope without compromising overall Yglesiasdoors. NAFS-17 specifies five different configurations and descriptions of how to designate folding door units of from two to five panels. In addition to testing for air infiltration, water penetration and structural performance under wind loading, folding doors are tested for deflection, force to latch, force to engage, thermoplastic corner weld strength, deglazing, and operating cycle/slam withstand.

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